The Dark Side Of The Eyes By Bram Stoker

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Eyes are the real windows into the soul. Although some individuals may attempt to mask their true feelings, all is revealed by glancing into their eyes. From the lurid red eyes described in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, to the golden brown orbs of Edward, Stephanie Meyer’s character in Twilight, the eyes become a peephole to one’s inner most thoughts and feelings. Not only a peephole into their thoughts; but also a chink in the armor used to protect the individual from harm. This crack exposes feelings that Stoker and Meyer’s characters would like to keep to themselves. A vampire’s hunger “for thirst” can strongly be expressed through their eyes. In the beginning of Twilight, Bella “vividly remembered the flat black color of [Edward’s]…show more content…
hunt people”(Meyer 186). Jacob continues by saying that the “family wasn 't supposed to be dangerous because [they] only hunted animals” (Meyer 186). The red eyes of James, Victoria and Laurent are a manifestation of their diet. Bella describes their eyes as “not the gold or black [she] had come to expect, but a deep burgundy color that was disturbing and sinister” (Meyer 376). Meyer’s usage of the words disturbing and sinister give the impression that the travelers are up to no good and give the reader an eerie vibe. The burgundy color represents what their diet consist of, human blood. Bella and the Cullens know that the travelers’ thirst will need to be fulfilled, their thirst for her blood. Count Dracula’s eyes, like those of the travelers’ in Twilight, are also red, making the connection that he feeds on human blood. An expression of his thirst comes when Jonathan ironically cuts himself while shaving. Jonathan writes, of Dracula, that “his eyes blazed with a sort of demoniac fury, and he suddenly made a grab at my throat” (Stoker 33). This perceived fury is the Count’s thirst for blood. The fury being described as demoniac shows that Dracula is not of this world, he acts like a demon, a monster from hell.
Through blazing eyes, Edward and Count Dracula convey their hatred toward others. Edward’s hate toward the men in Port Angeles is revealed when, “his blazing eyes stared straight ahead” as he drove at high speeds through parts of the town
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